Nutritionists rank best diets of 2014 for U.S. News & World Report

Foods designated "Diabetes Superfoods" because of their low glycemic index and valuable nutrients include beans, leafy green vegetables, fish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, berry fruit, and low-fat milk and yogurt.
Foods designated "Diabetes Superfoods" because of their low glycemic index and valuable nutrients include beans, leafy green vegetables, fish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, berry fruit, and low-fat milk and yogurt.

It can happen to even the most vigilant among us.

We’re reading a magazine, a blog post, or chatting with a friend about his or her latest diet craze, and voila!, we’ve started a new diet regimen without effectively researching its impact on our bodies. Our tunnel vision focuses around the end goal—losing weight—while we neglect the shock that sudden shifts can have on the delicate nutritional balances inside our bodies.

In its fourth annual ranking, U.S. News & World Report assembled a panel of nutritionists and health experts to review 38 currently trending diets, from well-known contenders such as Weight Watchersto the more recently trending Paleo Diet. After the review, the panelists ranked 32 of them into eight corresponding categories:

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1. Best Diets Overall

2. Best Commercial Diets

3. Best Weight-Loss Diets

4. Best Diabetes Diets

5. Best Heart-Healthy Diets

6. Best Diets for Healthy Eating

7. Easiest Diets to Follow

8. Best Plant-Based Diets

But in what some may find a surprising twist, the most well-known diets did not necessarily rank highest. The first place winner of “Best Diet Overall” was the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, a nutrition regimen developed to combat high blood pressure by lowering people’s sodium, cholesterol, and total fat intake. The Paleo Diet, which has seen a surge in popularity because of its associations with Crossfit communities, tied with the Dunkan Diet at 31st place out of 32 in the “Best Diet Overall” ranking list.

Which of these diets have you tried? Does this ranking surprise you?